Grundig Roam (GPR800DAB) handheld DAB+ digital radio
The Grundig Roam is a digital radio that's easy to use
- Easy to operate, built-in speaker
- Flimsy and clunky design, lacklustre earphones, no MP3 playback
The Grundig Roam is a portable DAB+ digital radio that is extremely simple to use but it is perhaps a bit on the pricey side for the features it offers.
Price$ 179.00 (AUD)
The Grundig Roam (GPR800DAB) is a handheld digital (DAB+) and FM radio that performs relatively well, but it could use some extra features.
The Grundig Roam doesn't look as sleek as other portable digital radios we've seen, such as the iRiver B30. It's finished entirely in plastic and it has a matte silver back and glossy black front. At a first glance, the Roam seems bulky for a portable digital radio. However, it only weighs 48 grams (including the supplied earphones), compared to the iRiver B30's 98.8 grams.
Similar to the Bush Walker DAB+ digital radio, the Roam has a dual-line LCD screen with the option of an adjustable backlight. The Roam has four large plastic buttons surrounding a central four-way joystick that is responsive, firm and easy to use. On the right side of the Roam, there is one button to control volume and on the top edge of the device there are power and lock buttons. We really liked the large buttons: they make life easy and you won't be fiddling around to find the right controls. There is a telescopic antenna on the top-left of the Roam that extends to about 20cm, and a 3.5mm earphone jack is located on the-top right of the unit.
The Roam is extremely easy to use. You change DAB+ stations using the joystick and switch to FM by pressing the 'Mode' button. The Roam lets you save up to 40 station presets (20 DAB+ and 20 FM).
The sound quality of the Roam was solid when listening to both digital and FM frequencies. Digital radio stations were crisp and had good clarity. Some FM radio stations had some inference but we found that using the antenna or plugging in headphones improved the sound. The supplied earphones produce a flat sound and lack bass, but overall they were satisfactory. The 0.5 Watt speaker that's built into the radio was also adequate but because it is located at the back of the device, the sound is muffled if you leave the Roam lying flat on the table.
Grundig states that the built-in rechargeable battery will last around eight hours before you have to charge it via mini-USB cable (a power adapter is included) and our battery test found this claim to be accurate.
Although the Grundig Roam is a solid digital radio player, it has a steep price tag and it doesn't offer extra features like MP3 playback. The Bush Walker only offers digital radio but costs $129, while the $299 iRiver B30 offers DAB+ reception and is also an 8GB MP3 player.
Become a fan of GoodGearGuide on Facebook
Follow GoodGearGuide on Twitter: @GoodGearGuide
Stay up to date with the latest reviews. Sign up to GoodGearGuide’s Gear Daily newsletters
Join the newsletter!
Bang and Olufsen BeoVision 14
SanDisk MicroSDXC™ for Nintendo® Switch™
WD MY PASSPORT™ X Gaming Storage
Panasonic OLED 4K Ultra HD TV - TH-77EZ1000U
Panasonic OLED 4K Ultra HD TV - TH-55EZ950U
Nespresso Creatista Coffee Machine
Dyson Supersonic™ Hair Dryer Fuchsia/Iron
Apple iPhone X
cloudandco Smart Cane
WD MY PASSPORT™ Gaming Storage
Toys for Boys
Leica M10 Digital Rangefinder Camera
Propel Star Wars T-65 X-Wing Drone
Lego Mindstorms EV3
Ubiquiti Network’s Front Row Camera
Bose SoundLink Micro
Google Daydream View VR Headset
Onyx Smart Walkie Talkie
LaCie Rugged USB-C Portable Hard Drive
Nest Protect Smart Smoke Alarm
iRobot Roomba 980 Vaccum Cleaning Robot
Panasonic Hi-Fi - SC-UA7GS-K
Belkin Pocket Power 10,000mAh
WD MY CLOUD™ HOME Personal Cloud Storage
Toffee Bags Commuter Satchel
Panasonic 4K UHD Blu-Ray Player and Full HD Recorder with Netflix - UBT1GL-K
Dearear Endear In-ear Wireless Earphones
PETKIG Go Smart Dog Leash
Xbox One X
Amazon Echo Bluetooth Speaker
Kogan Bluetooth Soundbar
Raspberry Pi Starter Kit
Logitech Doodle Collection Wireless Mouse
Urbanworx Full HD Action Camera
Panasonic Portable Splashproof Fun - RF-D20U
3SIXT 3-in-1 Smartphone Lens Kit
Ikea NORDMÄRKE Wireless Charging Pad
Tile Pro Bluetooth Tracker
Lexon Flip Alarm Clock
Razer DeathAdder Expert Ergonomic Gaming Mouse
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 Huawei Mate 10 Pro Review: A solid winter flagship that cribs from the best
- 2 Google Pixel 2 review: not quite 'pixel perfect' but damn close
- 3 Huawei Nova 2i review: Flagship features get smuggled into the mid-tier
- 4 Moto X4 review: This is what a world without MotoMods looks like
- 5 Giabyte Aorus X9 Gaming Laptop review: Full, in-depth review
Latest News Articles
- Apple's Q1: Record $US18.4 billion profit, but iPhone sales are slowing
- Sony shows latest high-end Walkman
- Sydney Airport lost property auction: you'll be amazed at what some people left behind
- The iPod classic plays its last
- Apple iPod Touch pricing slashed by up to 25 per cent in Australia
PCW Evaluation Team
It’s easy to set up, it’s compact and quiet when printing and to top if off, the print quality is excellent. This is hands down the best printer I’ve used for printing labels.
Brainstorming, innovation, problem solving, and negotiation have all become much more productive and valuable if people can easily collaborate in real time with minimal friction.
The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.
The Huddle Board’s built in program; Sharp Touch Viewing software allows us to easily manipulate and edit our documents (jpegs and PDFs) all at the same time on the dashboard.
The biggest perks for me would be that it comes with easy to use and comprehensive programs that make the collaboration process a whole lot more intuitive and organic
I rate the printer as a 5 out of 5 stars as it has been able to fit seamlessly into my busy and mobile lifestyle.
- Huawei Mate 10 Pro review
- The Best Australian Black Friday Tech Deals That Aren't On Amazon
- Wolfenstein The New Colossus Review
- What's the difference between an Intel Core i3, i5 and i7?
- Laser vs. inkjet printers: which is better?
Product Launch Showcase
- FTDevOps Engineer/ LeadOther
- FTDevOps EngineerOther
- FTDigital Marketing Executive - PersonalisationOther
- FTSoftware Asset ManagerACT
- TPScrum MasterNSW
- FTFrontEnd Angular DeveloperOther
- FTSenior DevOps LeadVIC
- FTNetwork ArchitectACT
- FTAccount Management/Customer Service - MULTIPLE ROLESSA
- CCJunior .Net Developer /Analyst ProgrammerQLD
- FTJunior Front End DeveloperOther
- TPSenior Business Analyst - GISQLD
- FTSales ManagerVIC
- CCJanusgraph Consultant - Telco industryVIC
- FTSenior Portfolio Analyst. 12 month contract.NSW
- FTTest AnalystOther
- FTApplication Support SpecialistVIC
- CCAxway DeveloperNSW
- FTBusiness Intelligence Analyst (Report Analyst)Other
- FTSr. IT Business Analyst -Investment banking Funding StructureOther
- FTJunior Infrastructure EngineerACT
- FTSenior Test AnalystACT
- FTAutomation Test AnalystOther
- TPMicrosoft Cloud Infrastructure Solution ArchitectQLD
- CCSenior Process SpecialistNSW